Monday, March 31, 2014

Memorization Monday - Ephesians 2:6-7

Eph 2:1-7 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

God sees us as having died with Christ and being raised with him. Then this passage goes even farther to say that we have been seated with him in heavenly places. Several truths flow from this that we don't have time to go into here, but it means that we have died to sin and we have died to the law through Christ. That puts us on entirely new ground for living a victorious Christian life. In the last part of this passage we see the whole plan of God summarized -- God is going to demonstrate for ages to come the exceeding riches of His grace. God wants everyone to know how good and how gracious he is and our salvation is the best means to demonstrate that.

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